April 6th, 2010
10:19 AM ET
5 years ago

Wasserman Schultz confirms threat, faces feisty town hall crowd

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (CNN) - A top House Democrat, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, confirmed for the first time that she received threats in the days after health care reform was signed into law.

In an interview with CNN Monday, Wasserman Schultz said information about the threats were turned over to federal law enforcement officials.

The south Florida Democrat held her first town hall since the passage of health care reform.  At Fort Lauderdale's city hall, Wasserman Schultz Monday night defended the new law to hundreds of her constituents. The meeting turned rowdy after many of her supporters packed the auditorium, forcing dozens of raucous tea party activists and opponents of health care reform to stand outside of the venue.

One constituent accused Democrats of engaging in dirty dealing to get the law passed. Wasserman Schultz responded, "there were no such dirty deals. We're not here to discuss process. This is the law."

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  1. HUH

    The meeting turned rowdy after many of her supporters packed the auditorium, forcing dozens of raucous tea party activists and opponents of health care reform to stand outside of the venue.

    Oh poor babies....

    April 6, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Felly

    Go Debbie, go!

    April 6, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Elliott Carlin

    We probably waste about $20k a year on this hack's stationary having to print out "Wasserman" on the letterhead.

    Deb Schultz. Much easier to say and much cheaper to print.

    April 6, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Obama Victim

    hope no one punched her in the nose...although it would be hard to miss that schnoze

    April 6, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Sue

    Obamacare is only supported by about 33% of the citizens in Florida.

    The Democrats are going to have a VERY hard time saving their political butts in the November elections.

    Oh, and by the way Debbie-–there were MANY "dirty deals"!!! And, not only are the citizens of Florida aware of the "dirty deals"---the majority throughout the country are aware of them as well.

    April 6, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Dutch

    If anyone in Congress knows this bill needed to be passed, it is Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz. Those loonies on the right are dispicable people and believe all the lies and misinformation that Fox news feeds them.

    April 6, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. rachel

    Why is the process not up for discussion?

    April 6, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Hugo

    One constituent accused Democrats of engaging in dirty dealing to get the law passed. Wasserman Schultz responded, "there were no such dirty deals. We're not here to discuss process. This is the law."
    __________________________________
    As Dead Ted the great liberal Icon of healthcare showed all us commoners with the Massachusetts flip flop on appointing Senate positions, the law is what those in power determine it to be to meet their political agenda of the day.

    April 6, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Marge

    If I were Democrats I would post a sign outside the door. "If you come to ask questions you are welcome. But disruption and unruly behavior will not be tolerated and you will be escorted outside. The people here want to ask and have their questions answered, not listen to rowdy screaming."

    I would kick em out and let em scream outside. The only reason they are there is because the republican right wing radicals bused them in to disrupt the meetings as they have all over the country this pass summer. It is time we took control and kicked em to the curb. It's our meetings not places for them to yell and scream in pre-planned actions by Armery and his ilk.

    April 6, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. raingirl2

    you go girl, kudos

    April 6, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. csh

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a rising and shining star. Hope to see her in the US senate or as Gov. in the near future!

    April 6, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. teacheng

    She's one of the smartest representatives in the U.S. Whenever she is up against someone on TV, she destroys their talking points.

    April 6, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. ANTHONY

    This is LAW. Now get over it folks.
    At least this was a result of the majority of votes.
    I dont recall a vote being cast for the Patriot Act....

    April 6, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. kd

    of course there were no 'dirty deals'. Those are lies spread by the GOP and the far right.

    April 6, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Bill from GA

    I have seen her on Sunday talk TV and she is smart and tough. She would make a great Speaker of the House.

    April 6, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Captain Crunch

    "Tea Party Activists" (i.e., uninformed, easily-misled fools who show up at rallies after being told what to say, feel and do by "Astro-Turf" groups like Freedom Works – and scream, spit and threaten those who disagree), are nothing more than the U.S. version of British "Lager Louts:!!!

    And, they will be disrespected and not listened to like Lager Louts until they learn to have a reasonable conversation based on facts, not the Freedom Works talking points or vague references to the original Constitutional Convention or hanging out 200+ year old flags with vague threats of violence!

    April 6, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Enough

    Oh cry me a river. How about the media start reporting all the facts, instead of cherry picking what they want you to know.

    April 6, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Capt. Snarky

    Threats were turned over to law enforcement.

    The meeting turned rowdy.....

    Both as they should be.

    Here is where the Elitist Progressivism shows up though:

    "One constituent accused Democrats of engaging in dirty dealing to get the law passed. Wasserman Schultz responded, "there were no such dirty deals. We're not here to discuss process. This is the law."

    In other words: " you don't know what's best for you, I do -so shut the hell up!"

    April 6, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems are such liers. Of course there were dirty deals, under the table deals, and coercion, among the Dems, in passing this horrendous bill.

    Replace this person, with a true representative of the people, and not a political pawn.

    April 6, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Tony

    You go Girl!!!!! I am a big fan! Would you consider moving to North Carolina?

    April 6, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Angus McDugan

    Shamefully using the "feel sorry for me and vote for me because I am a victim" tactic. I would hope we vote for strong leaders instead of wimpy people that want sympathy instead of honor!

    April 6, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. EuphioTGank

    people in this country are tired of phony town hall meeting and staged political events, and labeling the opposition as violent threat makers, and the tea party as racist hate mongers is really reminiscent of old soviet-style politics at its worst.

    April 6, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. barbara

    Its an unconstitutional law that needs to be made moot before the government starts taking our money

    April 6, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. NVa Native

    Wasserman Schultz is a smart and engaging person who serves her constituents of Florida with integrity. I'm glad her true contitutents could support her and displace the "out-of-town" Fox Followers that are the self-serving tea-baggers that clearly do not care about facts or the traditional political process of US representative democracy. She is an effective US Congress representative that all Americans can be proud of.

    April 6, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. Christine

    Good for Wasserman Schultz, stand behind your vote and don't let those with the loudest or angriest voices drown you out. Everyone has the right to free speech but it crosses the line when it leads to threats. Intimidation, physical or otherwise should be left to bullies on the playground, like she said, "This is the law" whether there are individuals who don't like it or not. Like I said about Harry Reid, I only hope that the 32 million uninsured who just got the opening to affordable health coverage, I hope that they return the favor at the ballot box.

    April 6, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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